Partners for Our Children

Among many provisions related to quality, accessible and affordable early learning, HB2661 creates the Fair Start for Kids account in the state treasury.  Money in the account may be used only for the purposes laid out in the bill:

Each year in specified months the treasurer shall transfer 5% of the revenue deposited into the account during the previous quarter to the early learning facilities revolving account.  And every odd-numbered year on June 30th, the treasurer shall transfer $10million from the account to the early learning health care expansion account. This will continue until the legislature adopts a health care funding plan for all child care providers.

Other provisions of the bill relate to accountability, makeup of the early learning advisory and accountability council, committees of the council, rate setting, health care coverage for child care providers, after hours incentives, startup funds, 12 month authorization for defined populations within the child welfare system, removal of work requirements for some categories of post-secondary students, income eligibility for Working Connections Child Care and the Early Education and Assistance Program, rates for child care and pre-school, establishment of a complex needs subsidy rate enhancement, establishment of equity grants, establishment of a dual language designation and rate enhancement, technical assistance for employer supported child care, mental health consultation, provider training grants, provision of shared services hubs, promotion of parent and family education and support, infant and toddler incentives, and programs for children with complex needs.


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Requires senators to be appointed to the Early Learning Advisory and Accountability Council by president of the Senate.